Linde Gases has launched its latest, innovative process management solution for welding operations, which will “transform the way welding is performed and documented,” according to the company.

Linde designed its AVANTOTM technology in response to the introduction of European regulations such as the EN1090 in the structural steel segment – now mandatory for any products sold in Europe. As such, AVANTO streamlines the collection of welding data required to meet full traceability requirements via Cloud-based technology.

Kathy Hocker, Global Head of Merchant & Packaged Gases Portfolio Management at Linde, stated, “Not only will AVANTO improve the accuracy of welding processes traceability, it will significantly improve efficiency in capturing the data and enable swift analysis.”

The company’s AVANTO technology uses Cloud-based equipment to capture, monitor and analyse the range of data required to manage modern welding operations. Stored in a single, centralised repository, the data can be retrieved via mobile devices, extending access and analysis of information beyond the office to the shop floor and remotely to any location.

“AVANTO is a true breakthrough in that it removes what were prohibitively expensive barriers in adopting a welding management solution”

Kathy Hocker, Global Head of Merchant & Packaged Gases Portfolio Management

It incorporates a fully integrated software system and manages the entire welding workflow; from job and welding procedure creation, management of welder qualifications to the allocation of resources required to complete a weld, such as consumables, shielding gas, welding equipment and welder.

Hocker added, “AVANTO is a true breakthrough in that it removes what were prohibitively expensive barriers in adopting a welding management solution and provide accessibility to all customers regardless of their size and budget.” 

The service, which will primarily be available in the UK and Germany, will address the needs of customers across sectors involved in the metal fabrication industry after initially targeting consumers in the structural steel segment.